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Jade's legacy gives boost to cancer treatment

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The late Jade Goody has been praised for raising awareness of cervical cancer during her high-profile battle against the disease.

Screening rates for cervical cancer had declined over the past decade but Ms Goody's very public diagnosis and cancer treatment has seen a dramatic rise in the uptake of cervical screening appointments.

Cancer Research UK commended the reality TV star and paid tribute to her courage against such adversity.

The charity also announced that it has embarked on a five-year strategy that will see £300 million invested in the fight against the disease.

Dr Lesley Walker, Cancer Research UK's director of cancer information, commented: "Women can protect themselves against cervical cancer by always attending routine screening tests when invited by their doctor. These tests detect any changes in the cells lining their cervix early on, so they can easily be treated before cancer develops."

She added that this form of cancer was one of the few preventable types as pre-cancerous cancer cells can be identified and treated so they do not develop into full-blown cancer.

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Cancer treatment news : 24/03/2009